Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association (MOWSA) sanctioned swims

gregocgregoc Charter Member
edited July 28 in Cheering Section

MOWSA has a sanctioned marathon swim taking place right now in the waters around Boston, Massachusetts. The weather looks good, but the wind will pick up from the east this afternoon. More information to come later.

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  • woohoo! Good luck. :) Those afternoon east winds could be advantageous, if I guessed correctly...

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    It should be helpful. The swimmer is doing a 16 mile Boston Light double. They are on a record pace. image

    SydneDdpm50
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    16-mile BLS double swimmer has less than 1 mile to go. Should be finished in less than 8 hours.

    SydneD
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    Helen Lin, aka Happy Helen just completed the 16-mile BLS Double in a time of 7:56. Time will be made official later.

    slknightJustSwimSydneDKNicholasmysterybobswimrn62
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    image

    david_barradpm50
  • HappyHelenHappyHelen Member
    edited August 2015

    Yay! Thanks for posting Greg! Great swim and even better crew! Thanks to Elaine Howley of MOWSA to sanction and observe my swim!!!

    SydneDIronMikeLeonard_Jansendpm50swimrn62
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    edited July 28

    The N2N is a new 9-mile OWS from Nantasket beach in Hull,MA to Nahant, MA. Helen Lin was not content with 9 miles so she swam a double! A N2N2N. She swam 19 miles in 11:28:25. She faced bumpy water the whole way, but on the return leg there was a strong headwind with whitecaps. Congratulations Helen Lin!

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    Helen Lin swimming past Graves Light on her record setting N2N2N.

    dpm50
  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Just fantastic! What role models I'm blessed with!

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member
    edited September 2015

    Congrats to Helen!

    But how did a 9 mile double become 19 miles? Common core math? ;)

    dpm50

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  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    IronMike said: Congrats to Helen!

    But how did a 9 mile double become 19 miles? Common core math? ;)

    Thanks @IronMike for catching the typo. It was an 18-mile swim. No Common Core math involved.

    IronMikedpm50
  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    I just figured w currents and such a mile got added going back.

    IronMike
  • Thanks Greg! Whoohoo!

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    dpm50 said: I just figured w currents and such a mile got added going back.

    @dpm50, all joking aside, it is a standard that you get "credit" solely for the point-to-point distance, regardless of how far the currents push you. If you already know this, just tell me to STFU. ;)

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  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    I'm a newbie in the marathon swimming community, so I know very little--hence coming to a forum where people know a lot. :)

    IronMike said:

    dpm50 said: I just figured w currents and such a mile got added going back.

    @dpm50, all joking aside, it is a standard that you get "credit" solely for the point-to-point distance, regardless of how far the currents push you. If you already know this, just tell me to STFU. ;)

    IronMike
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    edited July 28

    James Bayles will be attempting a MOWSA observed/sanctioned crossing of Cape Cod Bay tomorrow. He is starting close to 4:00am, so he will have an hour or two to enjoy the bioluminescent jellyfish before the sunrise. James is the only person to attempt the P2P Cape Cod Bay crossing this year! For those of you who do not know James, he always swims for a cause. Follow him live on Marcy MacDonald's SPOT tracker! Visit his web site for more information about James Bayles and his causes.

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    James is about 3/4 of the way across. image

    dpm50
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    James Bayles swim was cut short due to a great white sighting a 1000 yards ahead of him. It was a 14 footer. James was close to the record pace for crossing the bay. James is safe on board the escort boat.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Bummer about the shark sighting but glad he's safe. Nature does throw some curve balls!

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    How did they ID the shark from 1000 yds? Everyone who has done that swim could have had a GW 1000 yards away.

    gregoc said: James Bayles swim was cut short due to a great white sighting a 1000 yards ahead of him. It was a 14 footer. James was close to the record pace for crossing the bay. James is safe on board the escort boat.

    IronMike

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    edited September 2015

    david_barra said: How did they ID the shark from 1000 yds? Everyone who has done that swim could have I had a GW 1000 yards away.

    gregoc said: James Bayles swim was cut short due to a great white sighting a 1000 yards ahead of him. It was a 14 footer. James was close to the record pace for crossing the bay. James is safe on board the escort boat.

    True. According to the observer, a fisherman came speeding up from the east and told them he had spotted a 14 foot great white 1000 yards ahead and heading west in their direction. With that information the pilot made the call to pull the swimmer out.

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    For anyone interested in a sanctioned solo/relay marathon swim through MOWSA, we are extending our early application/sanction fee of $500/$600 through June. The fee will increase to $750/$900 on July 1st.

    https://massopenwaterswimming.com/index.php/sanctioning/

    dpm50
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    edited July 28

    Tomorrow, Thursday July 19th, starting around 7:30am Kim Garbarino will attempt a Boston Light Double (BLS2X). It is a total of 16 miles. This is a MOWSA sanctioned swim. He will start and finish at the public side of M St. beach in South Boston. You can track him live at the following link.
    https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=04SLUITzXAPO7A9QCqYH1P6TiBnGi51Fa

  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    Kim Garbarino finished his swim today in 7:41.02.

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  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    That's moving! What were conditions like?

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    Water temp?

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  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    Thanks @Bridget but I've found sometimes those temps are off. I went to Revere Beach the first weekend of July and holy crap it was cold. Then when I checked it on that very same website, it said smthg crazy like upper 60s. No way. Definitely closer to 57. Cant' wait to get my thermometer. (Household goods from Moscow come this coming week!)

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  • BridgetBridget New York StateMember

    Hey @IronMike, SHHHHH!!!! Nobody asked you. ;) it was seventy off Rhode Island. I'm not looking. Not bringing my party flamingo pool thermometer. Just telling myself I swam at 54F in May. LA LA LA LA LA.

    IronMikedpm50
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member

    Conditions were ideal. Flat for the first 12 miles and a nice tail wind for the last 4 miles. Water temps ranged between 66-70 degrees (too warm). The swim goes out on an ebb tide and the turn is timed to occur around slack so that the swimmer returns on a flood tide.

    JSwimdpm50emkhowleyIronMike
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